George Hughes was one of born in 1894 and was one of eleven children. His father John was a local farmer and dealer and they lived at
Llywn-y-Mapsis Farm, Morda. George was educated at Oswestry Grammar School.
After his education he went to work as a bank clerk with London City and Midland Bank in Liverpool. He joined the 1/6 Kings Liverpool Battalion which was a territorial unit which probably indicates he joined up before the war otherwise it is likely he would have joined the Liverpool City Pals at the outbreak of war along with many of his fellow office workers and clerks.
Two of his brothers also took part in World War One. Charles Henry who was killed in August 1918 and is commemorated on this website and Frank who survived winning the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
Military Record including Regimental and Battalion Information
Whilst serving with the King’s Liverpool he was wounded twice. He received his commission in November 1915 and was posted to 7th Battalion Kings Shropshire Light Infantry when he was wounded for a third time in March 1917.
After convalescence he rejoined the battalion in July 1917. Over the nights of 11 and 12 August the battalion was to be relieved by the 2nd Battalion Royal Scots. The battalion had spent the previous week in the front line near to Vélu mid-way on the road between Baupaume and Cambrai on the Somme
It had been a relatively quiet tour with no casualties. Lieutenant Hughes was leading a covering party whilst the relief was going on when they encountered a strong enemy patrol. A fire fight ensued. Ten of the enemy were killed as was Lieutenant Hughes along with one other rank as well as four wounded and one missing.
The other fatality was Private 26391 G King who is buried next to Lieutenant Hughes in Anneux British Cemetery, both were re-interments after the war.
The missing man was Private 23548 William Henry Poynton of Weston Rhyn and who is commemorated on their village war memorial and on the Arras Memorial.